Going to Chicago for a business trip in two weeks.
Any suggestions welcome. Restaurants, bars, theater, museums, galleries. Will have a lot of down time...
Why bother, you''ll just sit in your hotel room trolling DL.
Art institute. Architecture boat tour. Frank l. Wright houses. Great food.
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Chicago, Murder Capital USA
Craigslist M4M pages - you can find anything and anyone you want.\
Just make sure you can easily post a photo of your cock.
Steamworks in Boystown.%0D\
Best bathhouse in the country.%0D\
--Green Zebra for haute vegetarian cuisine\
--Pops for champagne and small bites\
--Pick-me-up Cafe for the best French toast in town\
--The Roof @ The Wit Hotel for views, small bites and pre-maturely-aged douchebags \
--Berlin Nightclub, for all-night dance sweats and hipsters\
--Piece for live karaoke and pizza \
--Chicago History Museum for Regional GLBT history\
--Chemically-Imbalance Theatre for renegade productions of Amy and David Sedaris'', The Book of Liz or Steppenwolf for A-list acting\
--State and Monroe American Apparel for Mo Rocca sitings \
---www.notfortourists.com for everything else
A little more detail on what you''re into would help, OP.%0D\
I can probably suggest a few less famous museums but I''d have to know your likes and interests in that area. %0D\
As far as eating, a couple of the restaurants here just won some prizes if that''s your interest. If you want to go Chicago-style, go for the beef sandwiches, pizza and hot dogs at local, neighborhood places. You''ll fing listing for wherever you''re going to be online.
Do people from Chicago really eat deep dish pizza, or is it just for tourists?
The woman pointing and laughing (at r12's link) needs a mirror.
We are not talking about NYC, DC, Paris or London here. Are there really "a few less famous museums" in Chicago?
As someone from Illinois, let me just say that Shitcago is a crime-ridden shithole and very conservative. We can't even get gay marriage in this shithole state.
r10, I'm from Chicago and I never ate deep dish pizza more than 2-4 times a year on average. Thin crust was always my overall preference. Pan pizza (I've never called it deep dish) was just an alternative that a few pizza places here and there "specialize" in.
I usually take visiting friends down to The Loop on Sundays (a ghost town) to walk around LaSalle, Jackson, and State. It's a good chance to see some canyon architecture without too many people. If you can bare it, walk over to Millennium Park. There are always a ton of people there, however. At least they won't be wearing nylon shorts. God! Summer's a nightmare for obese people in skorts.
Saturdays, you may skip Michigan Ave in favor of Oak Street and a few stores that are just off Chicago.
Picnic food that's ready to go can be had at Treasure Island. I seldom recommend restaurants because they open and close so frequently. The ones that remain are usually high carb high fat big plate affairs that make you want to nap.
Warning: You didn't come here for chain restaurants, so stay away from the crap you can buy at home. That includes Starbucks.
Real Chicagoans never eat deep dish at Uno's or Due's. Frat boys at ad agencies eat the circular slab of sausage pizza at Gino's East. Real Chicagoans eat stuffed pizza (preferably spinach) at Giordano's or Lou Malnati's but not all that often because it's so rich and filling. The Italian beef and hot dogs are usually accompaniments to sports events, either before or after, but are fondly regarded.
If you want a quintessential Chicago experience, go to Kuma's Corner for a burger and mac and cheese. David Leibowitz rhapsodizes about it.
If the weather is nice, rent a bike and ride along the lakefront from Navy Pier to Hollywood Beach (not the bike share bikes but real rentals)...and back.
[quote]20 years ago we wanted to have dinner after the Opera (around 10 P.M.) and we were told there was only one restaurant open. Some old-time Italiian Place. I hope that's no longer the case.
You shouldn't have listened to that person. Nick's Fishmarket was an upscale downtown restaurant then that may have seated you at ten P.M. I could have rattled off several suggestions for you to check out just north of the loop (back then) such as Bistro 123, The Chophouse, Bicé and Gibson's. Hotels have restaurants too. Greek town restaurants, again, near downtown tend to stay open late. You should've hopped a cab and ventured out somewhere on the outskirts of the loop.
Gino's East stuffed pizza.
I was not being facetious when I referenced the possible lack of "small museums", so while I am not the OP, thanks for the suggestions.
Though I have not visited Steamworks, my goal on my next trip is to hire porn star Brad Hunt, one of the best looking gay male porn stars ever, now in his forties and working again as an escort.
The OP asked for suggestions THREE YEARS AGO.
I think he's dead by now.